School districts are required to hold an annual school election
and must comply with various legal requirements concerning budget publication,
school tax rates, and school elections. The Division of Elementary &
Secondary Education (DESE) provides suggestions to assist school districts in
meeting the requirements, including sample budgets and sample ballots.
Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-14-102(a)(1)(A) reads as follows:
(a)(1)(A) The annual school election shall be held in
each school district of the state:
(i) In even-numbered years, on the date of the:
(a) Preferential primary election; or
(b) General election; and
(ii) In odd numbered years, on the:
First Tuesday following the first Monday in November; or
Third Tuesday in May.
The attached guide applies only to elections held in November of
2020. A separate Commissioner's Memo with a new guide will be issued for
elections held in 2021.